Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer After years of cries from ardent enthusiasts and automotive journalists to ?bring the EVO to America? Mitsubishi finally brought the eighth generation Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution to the United States in 2002. The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution (EVO) has been here 13 years, but it?s about to go away. That means enthusiasts…

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Kia Soul Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer It may have been the brilliant series of head-bobbing hamsters in Kia advertising that initially helped fuel the success of Soul, but it?s the 2014 Kia Soul that has the elements to keep advancing Soul popularity as the ?hamsterian? novelty wears off. The 2014 Kia Soul takes the uniquely designed…

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Run to the Sun 2013 ? Part 3

By Bill Schaffer Portland, Ore. ? Every year an automotive writer?s organization Barb and I belong to has a two-day drive called Run to the Sun (RttS). It gives us a chance to sample some of the manufacturers? latest offerings. This year Barbara was away at a Jeep-Ram-Dodge program in Southern California, so I was…

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Test Drive: Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart

With a strong emphasis toward the engineering, mechanics and technical features plus little toward styling, the Mitsubishi Lancer may be a classic case of left brain dominance. The engineering bias is reinforced further by company?s own press releases that are sent to auto journalists to make sure we ?see? all the changes they?ve made, even…

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Will the next Evo be a hybrid?

The next generation Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution will be a hybrid according inside information obtained by Motor Trend magazine.? The Evo XI is expected to have an electric motor driving the front wheels, and a 2.0-liter gas engine driving the rear wheels when needed.? It will run in an electric-only mode for short distances to improve…

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